Lewis Hamilton finished third in the Canadian Grand Prix and declared: ‘I am back to being young again!’
A week after struggling to climb out of his Mercedes in Baku after being bounced around in the cockpit, the seven-time champion’s back pain had vanished.
Having finished behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, the 37-year-old Briton said: ’It’s quite overwhelming to get this third place. It’s been such a battle this year with the car, but we continue to stay vigilant, focused and never give up. That’s something I’m proud of.
Lewis Hamilton claimed he was ‘young again’ and pain free after finishing third in the Canadian Grand Prix
The 37-year-old struggled to get out of his Mercedes car after last week’s race in Azerbaijan
Lewis Hamilton shared an image of a massage from his physiotherapist, Angela Cullen, as part of his recovery for Montreal
‘We’re getting closer, so we’ve got to keep pushing and pushing, and hopefully we’ll eventually be in the fight with these guys.’
Hamilton is now 98 points off the summit heading to Silverstone a week on Sunday.
Team principal Toto Wolff said: ’One swallow doesn’t make a summer, but we are very happy.
‘I am delighted for Lewis because he was disadvantaged by the safety car at various races previously. He has had bad luck. But he is on the podium without having anything gifted to him. It’s good to see.’
Hamilton (left) said getting on the podium was ‘overwhelming’ given his chronic car problems
Verstappen, the champion and leader, held his nerve after a late safety car phase to claim his sixth win of the season before being acclaimed by his boss Christian Horner as being in the form of his life.
Verstappen said: ’The safety car didn’t help. Overall, Ferrari were very quick.
’But it was really exciting at the end. I was giving it everything I had and, of course, Carlos was doing the same. I could see he was pushing and charging.
‘Luckily, this year, we seem really quick on the straights so that helps a lot.’